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- Iowa attempts to go 4-0 on Saturday and they'll have LeShun Daniels and Drew Ott limited. Both should play, but only sparingly. A quick and comfortable lead, and then they'll remain on the sidelines.
- Tight end Jake Duzey dressed last week. He'll dress again this week, and Kirk Ferentz has said he doubts he can go, though. I disagree. I suspect they get him at least a little game action to have him up to speed before the trip to Madison.
- Iowa wants to get out to a quick and comfortable lead. It's not the type of offense or style of offense that can score quickly so fans may be a bit disappointed about how long it could take to put this one away. This isn't a spread offense with tons of explosive playmakers all over the field all of a sudden. It's still an offense built on physicality and toughness, and an eagerness to just shove the ball down one's throat. That's what they'll do this weekend against a pretty porous rushing defense.
- Let's not keep folks on the edge of their seat this week, I do think Iowa wins, and comfortably. But it might take longer than one may want. I see the starters having to play three quarters.
- This is also a classic look-ahead game, or letdown game. Both come into play. The Hawkeyes are coming off a huge dramatic victory in a night game at home against Pittsburgh. Perhaps their biggest game of the entire year is a week later in Madison, Wisconsin. I think the biggest challenge for Kirk Ferentz and his staff this week is to have his players come in with the same kind of laser focus on North Texas. If he can do that, that's a spectacular coaching job. It's easy to forget these are 18-22 year old kids.
- Look for a Derrick Mitchell-lead fourth quarter and that would be exciting to see him tote the rock for an entire quarter.
- The full schedules are out for the year. Big Ten Media Day is coming up. Iowa media day is coming up. The Hawkeyes have made the NCAA Tournament in two consecutive seasons and return four starters from last year's team.
- The hoops team's first real challenging opponent is when they go on the road to face Marquette on November 19. They're also in the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Florida this season, with the first game being against Dayton. Depending on if they win or lose, they'll face Notre Dame or Monmouth the following day. Iowa's foe for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge is Florida State, and it will be played in Iowa City.
- Iowa hoops' annual game against Iowa State is in Hilton Coliseum in Ames this year and it will be played on Thursday December 10. The first Big Ten game of the year is at home against Michigan State, December 29.
- Iowa had a big recruiting weekend last week when they took on Pittsburgh. One commit came out of it and it was on the hoops side with four-star power forward Tyler Cook. The St. Louis area prospect is 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, and a top 100 recruit for Fran McCaffery's bunch.
- Cook is the third top 100 commit for Hawkeye Hoops at this time. 2017 commit Connor McCaffery is rated 97th overall in his class, and the initial release of Scout's 2018 rankings yesterday showcased Iowa commit and Muscatine (Iowa) native Joe Wieskamp as the 19th best player in the nation for his class. Safe to say, Fran has it rolling now.
- Fran McCaffery is busy on the 2017 recruiting trail currently, sending out a few offers that have already been noted before. It's easy to see they're looking for another big man to couple with Connor.
- K.J. Sails was the big official visitor on the football side. The defensive back out of Florida rated his trip to Iowa City a 10 out of 10. Can't do better than that. He visits Wisconsin this weekend, and those are the finalists. As pointed out in Hawkeye Hits before, his family and coach are in favor of the Hawkeyes in this battle.
- Offensive tackle is where Iowa would like to land another body. Though they have made up ground on Nebraska for four-star Matt Farniok of South Dakota, I'm not ready to say they have supplanted the Huskers as the favorite. His mother told Hawkeye Insider a few weeks ago that an official visit to Iowa City would happen, and it's crucial that takes place to have any chance.